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"Just because you're the best-selling author doesn't mean you get to school me on the story…" Shudder has debuted the full-length official trailer for an indie horror comedy film titled Scare Me, marking the feature directorial debut of actor / writer Josh Ruben. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it's a clever take on mumblecore, stuck-in-a-cabin, meta horror storytelling. It's about two horror writers, who end up battling in a cabin over who's horror stories are better. During a power outage, two strangers tell scary stories. The more Fred and Fanny commit to their tales, the more the stories come to life in the dark of a Catskills cabin. The horrors of reality manifest when Fred confronts his ultimate fear: Fanny may be the better storyteller. Starring Josh Ruben and Aya Cash, along with Chris Redd and Rebecca Drysdale. We posted the first teaser trailer last month, and the film launches streaming on Shudder next month. A very fun, clever horror film to watch with your friends (virtually to be safe) this Halloween season.
"They're more like mutant ravers." Capital Motion Picture Group has released a new official US trailer for Ravers, a horror comedy from the UK set at an illegal rave. This initially premiered a few years ago in 2018 at the FrightFest London Film Festival, and finally opens in US theaters this month. Murder on the dance floor in a witty, bloody horror about madness, mayhem and mutants… When a contaminated energy drink turns an illegal rave into a nightmare, a germaphobic journalist has to overcome her deepest fears to get her friends out alive. Starring Georgia Hirst as the journalist, Becky, joined by Natasha Henstridge, Eve Connolly, Dave Johns, and Orson Chaplin. This looks as wild and as crazy as promised, but probably not very good, though who cares! It's a crazy party movie and horror comedy all packed into one. Have fun.
"His eyes. I'll never forget that look in his eyes." 1091 Pictures has unveiled an official trailer for Tar, an indie monster horror film from filmmaker Aaron Wolf (of LDUniversity). For 40,000 years, a long forgotten wetland teemed with ancient creatures, but now all that’s left is a pit of hot, sticky tar surrounded by a vast urban landscape. For Barry Greenwood and his son Zach, there's not too much left of their family business either. With the city's subway expanding under their feet and their office building slated for demolition, Barry, Zach and their employees are forced to shut down their shop and move out. But when something primal is awoken by the underground construction, a night of somber packing becomes a desperate fight for survival. Starring Timothy Bottoms, Aaron Wolf, Graham Greene, and Max Perlich. There's no real shots of the monster found in this trailer, probably for the better not to spoil it, but lots of tar that's for sure.
"Not only is that psycho wearing my body - he's killing it!" Universal + Blumhouse have released the first official trailer for Freaky, the new clever horror from the creators of Happy Death Day (and Happy Death Day 2U). This time the cool concept involves a body swap with a serial killer. After swapping bodies with a deranged killer, a young girl in high school discovers she has less than 24 hours before the change becomes permanent. Starring Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn as the swappers. With some help from her friends—ultra-woke Nyla (Celeste O'Connor), ultra-fabulous Joshua (Misha Osherovich) and her crush Booker (Uriah Shelton)—Millie races against the clock to reverse the curse while The Butcher discovers that having a female teen body is the perfect cover for a little Homecoming killing spree. The film also stars Alan Ruck, Katie Finneran, and Dana Drori. Okay this looks GREAT - not only the performances and playing the switch correctly, but the concept is so much fun and such a refreshing twist for the horror genre.
"My family… they're insane!" From one hell to another hell! The first promo trailer has debuted for a crazy Australian / US horror dark comedy film titled Bloody Hell, from filmmaker Alister Grierson. Bloody Hell is described as "a fiendishly fun rollercoaster horror film set between Boise, Idaho and Helsinki, Finland which follows our lead character Rex Coen played by Ben O'Toole (Nekrotronic), a man with a mysterious past who flees the country to escape his own personal hell – only to arrive somewhere much, much, much worse." Once he arrives in Finland, he finds himself tied up in some kind of demented family's house of hell. It's premiering at a few international genre festivals this fall including Fantasy Filmfest and the Molins Film Festival. The cast includes Meg Fraser, Caroline Craig, Matthew Sunderland, Travis Jeffery, Jack Finsterer, David Hill, and Caleb Enoka. This looks so crazy and weird and brutal and bloody as all hell.
"'I run my mind, it does not run me.' Say it with me…" Amazon has released the first teaser trailer for the first four films in a brand new horror anthology series titled Welcome to the Blumhouse. The series will launch eight full-length genre films from talented up-and-coming filmmakers, produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse, and released streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The first four films will be available to watch this October: Black Box directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr., Evil Eye co-directed by Elan Dassani & Rajeev Dassani, The Lie directed by Veena Sud, and Nocturne directed by Zu Quirke are the first four of eight films in the "Welcome to the Blumhouse" series - each one teased in this trailer which has tons of freaky footage of all kinds. The various casts include: Mireille Enos, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joey King in The Lie; Mamoudou Athie, Phylicia Rashad, and Amanda Christine in Black Box; Sunita Mani, Sarita Choudhury, Omar Maskati, and Bernard White in Evil Eye; Sydney Sweeney, Madison Iseman, Jacques Colimon, and Ivan Shaw in Nocturne. These look great so far! Let that creativity flow.
"I believe the evil has entered into her body and she's not in her right mind." Uncork'd Ent. has released an official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled The Last Exorcism, the latest from filmmaker Robin Bain. This exorcism thriller is about two sisters who are haunted by the demons of their past. After every priest trained in exorcisms die in a terrorist attack, Jo must battle a demon on her own. Starring Terri Ivens, Danny Trejo, Rachele Brooke Smith, and Cate Jones. Everything about this is strange, it seems to be more of a vanity project featuring Trejo than anything actually interesting in the horror genre. This trailer is all over the place - wayyy too much going on. And why so much stripping? What an odd bargain bin horror.
"Our next contract's a big one…" Neon has finally debuted a full-length official trailer for the uber-violent sci-fi horror film Possessor, the latest film from filmmaker Brandon Cronenberg (son of the iconic David Cronenberg). Everyone loved the teaser for this a few months ago. It first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to quite a bit of buzz, only allowing 18+ to watch it because of graphic sex, nudity, and violence. And it seems they'll be releasing an "Uncut" version - using that buzz as marketing. Possessor follows an agent who works for a secretive organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies - ultimately driving them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients. The thriller stars Andrea Riseborough, with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sean Bean, Tuppence Middleton, Christopher Abbott, Kaniehtiio Horn, Rossif Sutherland, Christopher Jacot, and Hanneke Talbot. I still think the first teaser trailer is better, but this full trailer will definitely get a lot of people's attention. Super gnarly.
"Don't you wanna be set free…?" Dark Sky Films has unveiled an official trailer for a British horror thriller set at Christmas titled Hosts, marking the directorial debut of filmmakers Adam Leader & Richard Oakes. The two originally worked on the short film Exit Plan (from 2016) together, and they are now making their first horror feature. And this definitely looks like it will leave a mark. Hosts takes place on Christmas Eve when an innocent couple become hosts to a malicious entity that they inadvertently invite in disguised as their neighbors. Those strange neighbors! "Beneath its nerve-jangling suspense, the film offers a dark and bloody insight into how lying to your loved ones can not only alienate them, it can completely destroy your bonds with them forever." Sounds brutal. The film stars Samantha Loxley, Neal Ward, Nadia Lamin, Frank Jakeman, and Lee Hunter. This really does look brutal, hell of an intense horror film. Watch out.
"I have a story… A ghost story." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for The Haunting of Bly Manor, a new horror mini-series follow-up to Mike Flanagan's critically acclaimed The Haunting of Hill House from 2018. Flanagan is back again for this new horror series, which is loosely based on the 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. Arriving in October (of course), this new chapter in the "Haunting" anthology series revolves around Bly Manor and the lives of its inhabitants, both living and dead. Netflix's The Haunting of Bly Manor stars Victoria Pedretti, Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, T'Nia Miller, Rahul Kohli, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Amelie Smith, and Amelia Eve. We don't usually post trailers for TV series, but considering Flanagan is one of the best horror directors right now (with films like Oculus, Gerald's Game, Doctor Sleep) this is certainly worth featuring. Eerie first look.
"Together… they will make this town safe again." A promo trailer has arrived for an 80s-throwback horror comedy titled Hawk & Rev: Vampire Slayers, made by filmmaker Ryan Barton-Grimley. As the title indicates, the film is about two vampire hunters who decide to team up and take out bloodsuckers – in their tiny town of Santa Muerte, CA. The filmmaker explains his intentions: "Hawk and Rev: Vampire Slayers is quite simply a love-letter to my childhood and a more innocent and clueless time when everything seemed possible and like it would turn out okay. It’s a love letter to goofy weirdos with big dreams and ridiculous ideas. It’s just plain old fashioned escapism." Bring on the slays! Hawk & Rev: Vampire Slayers stars Ryan Barton-Grimley, Ari Schneider, Jana Savage, and Richard Gayler. It premiered at the Dances With Films Festival and is still needs a release date. For now, have a look at this wicked fun vampire-slayin' film.
"What if she saw something… Out there?" RLJE Films & Shudder have released an official trailer for The Dark and The Wicked, the latest horror film from filmmaker Bryan Bertino, known for his horror films The Strangers and The Monster previously. This is premiering at the Fantasia Film Festival this month, and will be available to watch on VOD later this fall. On a secluded farm in a nondescript rural town, a man is slowly dying. His family gathers to mourn, and soon a darkness grows, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that something evil is taking over the family. Marin Ireland (from Hell or High Water, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Light From Light) stars in this, along with Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley, Lynn Andrews, Julie Oliver-Touchstone, and Tom Nowicki. This starts out like any other small town supernatural thriller, but gets seriously scary as more is revealed. What in the hell is out there?!